a day in 2019

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The day came.

second evening of 2019

And the day went.

PSA: If you have never read “Brave New World” by Aldous Huxley, do it now. You can get it as a cheap paperback or as an audiobook, and it is neither too long nor overly hard to comprehend. People love to evoke George Orwell’s “1984” when discussing authoritarian systems, but it has largely failed the test of time.

“1984” means forcing people to obey.

“Brave New World” means making people want to obey.

A brave new world is where it’s at.



  • Josie Ella

    I have never read it but I will now. Thank you for the recommendation.

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  • Mulcully

    很多年前买了这本书,没看。看了1984,动物农场,我们。你这么一说,马上拿出来读。最近对东欧特别感兴趣。

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  • Joe

    Ah yes the Google/Facebook method of data harvesting. Make people want to give up their personal identity rather than have a government agent with headphones listening to private conversations aa in the old communist bloc.

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  • Agnes

    Some of them cleverly implement both ways now.

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  • North, north-east, east, south-east, south, south-south-west

    Sad ending, traveler. It’s got to be different, this time.
    Dimitrios

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  • Dimitrios

    Well, once again, it looks like the spam filter insists I should be eating more soma, if I really wanted my comments posted here. Or, I should limit them to just saying hello (?).

    Hello!

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  • Dimitrios

    (continued)

    Sadly, this is not some Huxley-an dystopia, but reality itself, as real as it can be on the Internet. Which actually proves the point Huxley was trying to make, almost a century ago: (induced) happiness numbs and enslaves a society. Orwell got it wrong.

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